Have a pint at a historic pub in Brisbane

Experience a piece of Brisbane’s history with a cold pint at a good old-fashioned Aussie pub. Brisbane is home to a range of venues that date back to the 1800s, so you can rest assured that these pubs have stood the test of time and are well worth a visit. 

The Normanby, Red Hill

Set around a giant fig tree, The Normanby is practically a landmark for locals. This busy pub was built in 1889 and was one of Brisbane’s first commercial buildings to adopt the Queen Anne style, including the red brick finish, bay windows and decorative timber detailing. 

Brunswick Hotel, Fortitude Valley

Brunswick Hotel

Just a stroll from the heart of the Valley, this classic old pub was built in 1889 and has recently undergone a significant refurbishment. While still retaining its historic charm, the pub now offers a casual beer garden, bistro and lounge for those wanting wine and cocktails.

Breakfast Creek Hotel, Albion

Breakfast Creek Hotel

Built in the French Renaissance style in 1889, the Breakfast Creek Hotel is famous for its premium quality steaks and “‘beer off the wood’”, or beer from traditional wooden kegs. Go for dinner and settle in for a long night in the tropical beer garden. 

Stock Exchange, Brisbane City

This classic inner-city hotspot, established in 1863, recently underwent renovations and now offers a fantastic rooftop beer garden. Tucked beneath the shiny high-rises, this pub has the perfect atmosphere for post-work drinks. 

Regatta Hotel, Toowong

The Regatta Hotel

The Grand Lady of the Brisbane River, the beautiful Regatta Hotel was built in 1874 and has withstood more than a century of flood, fire and change. Try a dry-aged steak at the Boatshed or have a beer on the iron-laced verandahs.

The Victory Hotel, Brisbane City

Known for loud karaoke and relaxed open-air beer garden, this bustling CBD pub was built in 1885. Try the new cocktail lounge or head upstairs for some dance floor action.

The Norman Hotel, Woolloongabba

Look for the towering XXXX sign and you’ll find The Norman, Brisbane’s worst vegetarian restaurant. This heritage-listed Queensland pub was built in 1889 and has been through a number of incarnations, including working class pub and biker bar.

The Story Bridge Hotel, Kangaroo Point

The Story Bridge Hotel

Built around the pylons of Brisbane’s Story Bridge, this three-level pub’s rich history dates back to 1886. Originally named the Kangaroo Point Hotel, the pub was renamed in 1940 to coincide with the opening of the Story Bridge which towers above. 

The Caxton Hotel, Paddington

Dating back to 1884, The Caxton Hotel is one of Brisbane’s oldest licensed premises. Located a short stroll from Suncorp Stadium, head to this old-fashioned watering hole for a post-game beer and the lively pub atmosphere. 

Embassy, Brisbane City

Embassy Bar

Built in 1928, this inner-city pub was recently refurbished to bring back the history of the building which was covered during a previous renovation. The brickwork, original terrazzo flooring and ornate bulkhead were all exposed to achieve this. Come here for beef brisket nachos and craft beer.

The Fox Hotel, Brisbane City

Previously well known as The Terminus Hotel for marking the end of the tram route, The Fox Hotel was originally constructed in the late 1800s. This stylish four- storey pub offers great bars, slick restaurants and a colourful rooftop with amazing views. 

The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley

Shedding its old name and the backpacker accommodation that went with it, this 1888 pub now offers delicious bar food, a casual graffiti art beer garden and a British-styled lounge bar upstairs. 

The Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong

Known to locals as “‘The R.E.’”, this pub is Queensland's favourite student destination. Renowned for its relaxed atmosphere, cold beer and massive beer garden; the R.E. has been a Brisbane institution since 1876.

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